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  • 1

    Interview: 2010

    Matthías Páli (8 November 2010)

    Will we see more from Shara or the Land of the Madmen?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    RJ said there would be no major action in Shara. He was uncertain on Madmen.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Andrew Sullivan (10 January 2011)

    Will far off lands like Shara or the Land of Madmen play an important role in the last book?

    Brandon Sanderson (10 January 2011)

    RAFO. Though RJ said we'd never go to Shara, at least not in any major way. He was less firm on the Madmen.

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  • 3

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    There are no plans to visit Seanchan in any greater extent than it already has been visited, and there are not going to be any visits to Shara either.

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  • 4

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1997

    Kate from State College, PA

    In a previous statement I believe you had basically said that the action of the series would take place in the lands known to Rand and his friends, i.e., not Shara or Seanchan and yet the new book has a lot of stuff about those lands—have you changed your mind? Is action in either of these two lands a possibility now?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Except for the possible occasional divergence, except for Rand's excursions to Seanchan when he chased after Aviendha. I was willing to put as much as I did into the the guide because I will not be using those things in the books in the same way that I used Kandor or Saldaea.

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  • 5

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Matthew Hunter

    When China Ruled the Seas

    Evidently, China was a real behemoth in the Middle Ages, right on the track to world domination, until they decided they didn't really want to rule the world. The following is a summary from hastily scribbled notes on a subject about which I am relatively ignorant; if I fuck up, it means I can't read my notes.

    Robert Jordan

    1484

    In the time before Columbus...

    China had a huge fleet of ships (3000 of them, half-million crew), printing presses, generally huge technological advantage over everywhere else. The fleet is commanded by a name that translates as "Three-Jeweled Eunuch" (although he was evidently not a eunuch??). The fleet had superior logistics (well, something about logistics right about here) and had reached Madagascar. They were planning to round the Cape of Good Hope and see what they found.

    1490

    The year they would have reached Europe...and overwhelmed it.

    Unfortunately, bad things happened. The current Emperor died and was succeeded by his son, who was young and had self-confidence problems. The palace eunuchs (evidently a powerful political force) grew concerned over the changes caused by outside influences, believing them to be corrupting Chinese culture. They convinced the Emperor to shut China off from the rest of the world by burning seafaring boats (including that huge fleet!), restricting foreigners to certain cities and killing them if they were caught outside, and killing Chinese who left to see the world and then returned.

    It seems the Japanese also did this—twice, in fact.

    Matthew Hunter

    This was a very long spiel coming from the nonfiction military history books he recommended. There was a lot more detail than I managed to capture, but one thing that stood out in my mind was that he had just told us the origins of Shara and the Seanchan. Or some of them, at least.

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  • 6

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Lupis

    Is the Shara world going to be changed a lot now that their male channelers won't go mad? Will they even find out because they kill them so early anyhow?

    Robert Jordan

    Shara will not be changed by the fact that male channelers won't go mad because they kill men who might possibly be able to channel at a very young age. Those guys are nothing but breeding stock, kept utterly innocent and utterly ignorant until they are killed.

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  • 7

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Question

    Will Shara get any screen time?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out. I don't know, actually. There are things that need to happen that might have to happen there, but it will be a lot easier if I can make them happen somewhere else.

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  • 8

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2003

    Jonathan Gan

    I know I will most likely get a RAFO, but will we ever learn more about Shara?

    Robert Jordan

    Yep, most definitely RAFO.

    JONATHAN GAN

    I thanked him, got my picture taken, and listened to a few more questions:

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  • 9

    Interview: Jul 22nd, 2004

    Jason Denzel

    We talked about the Forsaken and how they know how to speak the current language.

    Robert Jordan

    He said that if you can speak the Old Tongue, learning to understand and speak the new "Vulgar" tongue is not that difficult. When the Forsaken are together having their meetings, they speak in the Old Tongue. (RJ: "But I translate it for you guys.")

    Another very interesting note: Modern-day Sharans speak a form of the Old Tongue in their everyday speech. The exact analogy he used was a Roman landing in modern day Italy and having to figure out Italian from Latin. For someone extremely bright and well-educated like the Forsaken it wouldn't be that hard. This is also consistent with information in the books. The Old Tongue is more complex, so learning the Vulgar from Old Tongue is much easier than vice versa. It also gibes with Graendal's thought while she is writing a letter that the modern script was so easy to learn and duplicate.

    He also went on at length about his thoughts on language drift and the impact of the printing press on continuity.

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For ricktheinevitable, I have no plans to send Rand to Shara at present.

    Oh, yes. I think of time in this world as fixed circular, but with a drifting variation. There are slight differences in the Pattern each time through so that if you thought of the Pattern as a tapestry and held up two successive weaves, you couldn't see any differences from a distance, only close up, but the more time turnings between tapestries, the more changes are apparent. But the basic Pattern always remains the same.

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  • 11

    Interview: Jan 20th, 2006

    Robert Jordan

    For Anonymous, there is a map of the entire world in the Guide, and also a map of the entire continent that holds Andor etc. Shara lies on that continent, east of the Aiel Waste. The inhabitants of this world think of there world as "the world" or as "the Earth." While there have been cultures on our planet that have given fanciful names to their worlds, most have referred to it as the world or earth.

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    Man o Manetheren

    Will we hear anything more about Shara or the Land of Madmen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was our first RAFO.

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  • 13

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    Nightbaron

    Is Shara or the Land of Madmen involved in the Last Battle?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Fifth RAFO.

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  • 14

    Interview: Nov 5th, 2010

    Renee

    All too soon I’m on my way home, after a few precious moments getting to talk one on one with Harriet and Brandon about the books they’ve been a part of writing.

    Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal Rigney

    I asked a single question each of the duo, receiving a RAFO response from Brandon when I asked if we ever get to see Shara, and finally solving the mystery of how, exactly, to pronounce Cairhien from Harriet.

    A group wolf howl and several goodbyes later, I find myself driving back down Route 50, and this late at night I am the only car on the road. I have left the other Tower Guard to go our separate directions, forging a lone path of light through the darkness as I travel east and north to await the Last Battle. Until then, my friends, may you always find water and shade.

    —Renee, Tower Guard 11/05/2010

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  • 15

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Dawn

    Will we be learning any more about Shara in the last volume?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will simply defer to what Robert Jordan on this. This is the story primarily of what we call the Westlands, or Randland (though he didn't use those terms). This is not the story of Shara or Seanchan. There will be no major action that takes place in those other realms. Interpret that as you will.

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  • 16

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 2

    "I should like to hear one of your stories. Perhaps you could tell me of the time your father and you visited Shara?" (p. 115)

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  • 17

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Nikleas

    WOT question: Probably RAFO, but same question about the land beyond the Aiel Waste (don't remember the name)? Has RJ done some worldbuilding on it and are we going to see it before the series ends or is it some Tolkienish "Oh yeah, forgot to mention or include it on the map but there's some other kind of lands out there, just so you know. But you ain't going to see it, besides they probably don't care about the fate of the world out there".

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (But don't hold your breath. Robert Jordan said specifically: "I have no plans to send Rand to Shara" and I know several other times where he said similar things.)

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  • 18

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Wouldn't say anything about Shara, of course, and Greebs' persistent efforts to get RJ to admit to the Oath Rod==Agelessness were met with a chuckle and a RAFO.

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  • 19

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (Other Lands)

    Robert Jordan

    Oh and he said he would bring the other parts of the world into the books if he needed to. So Seanchan and Shara have a shot.

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  • 20

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Werthead (23 January 2013)

    Did Demandred take over just a single faction of Sharans, or all of them?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Multiple factions, but not all by a long shot.

    Matt Walsh

    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't RJ say in a interview that Shara wouldn't be involved in any of the WoT books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The quotes I've seen say that nothing significant would happen there on screen.

    Footnote

    Brandon is correct; RJ never said that Shara would play no role at all, just that the story would travel to Shara itself for more than a brief visit comparable to Rand's and Aviendha's trip to Seanchan.

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  • 21

    Interview: Feb 12th, 2013

    Wetlander

    Was Bao the Wyld part of Sharan prophecy? If so, was Demandred co-opting their Dragon prophecies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "The Wyld" was part of Sharan prophecy; Demandred thinks he co-opted the Sharan version of the "dragon prophecies" but it was actually about him all along.

    Wetlander

    (I was surprised to get an answer to this; I expect some of it will show up in "River of Souls" anyway. An interesting follow-on question might be whether this means the Sharans were destined by the Pattern to fight for Team Dark.)

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  • 22

    Interview: Feb 15th, 2013

    Hypobasis

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Hi everyone,

    I was at the Toronto A Memory of Light signing last night, and one of the things Brandon mentioned was that Robert had plans for TWO more WOT trilogies!

    He then killed all our hope by saying that there will not be any more WOT books as per Robert's request. The WOT is done.

    He also mentioned that the sequels only had one sentence each for a description. He didn't say what they were out loud as it could spoil A Memory of Light for people.

    I asked him what they were as I was getting my books signed and this is what he said:

    The first is "Perrin is going to Shara to kill an old friend."

    Footnote—Terez

    I got Trae Cooper to ask Brandon about this in Atlanta, because I was pretty sure it was supposed to be Seanchan rather than Shara. Trae reported that it was indeed supposed to be Seanchan.

    Hypobasis

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    And the second is:

    "Matt lying in a gutter wearing a tattered cloak."

    I'm thinking the Perrin one could be him going to kill Rand or Gaul. Could also be Longtooth. It could also be "old friend" in a sarcastic way and could be some form of Slayer returned.

    The Mat one could be him having issues with the rebels back in Seanchan? That one's very vague.

    Unfortunately we'll never know as even Sanderson knows nothing beyond these two sentences, but still exciting!

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  • 23

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Freelancer

    A question was asked about the "River of Souls" "deleted scenes" business, and the non-spoiler portion of that is included in the Dragonmount report.

    Harriet McDougal (paraphrased)

    Along with that, Harriet spoke briefly about how impressed she was with Bao the Wyld, aka Demandred, that he was this stunning juggernaut of hatred and destruction, but also that he spent the time creating a life and position for himself among the Sharans. It seems that he went there almost immediately after "waking" from the Bore, and that much of the activities he went through are in parallel with Rand's actions on the main segment of the continent, and that journey of Demandred's is what will be published in the Unfettered volume.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Brandon specified that although it is Wheel of Time material, it cannot be considered 100% canon, because it was cut early enough that it did not get subjected to Maria's detailed continuity validation.

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  • 24

    Interview: Feb 15th, 2013

    GardenGnome

    (Concerning the crystals collapsing into the hill after the battle) Have you heard of a myth about Merlin in a crystal cave and the Holy Grail? We all know what its other name is.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes but there are many layers there. The sa'angreal was shaped like a cup (-which I did notice earlier-). And Bao the Wyld, think about the name, it sounds like Beowulf (-looks like I should read that for more theorizing-).

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  • 25

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    You said that the balescreams in Knife of Dreams were because Demandred was balefiring whole cities...

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did not say that.

    Terez

    You did not say that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No!

    Terez

    That was reported! (on a private Facebook group)

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was reported; that's not what I said.

    Terez

    What did you say then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I told them...they said, "What caused these?" And I said, "Ah, that's very interesting. By the way, Demandred was balefiring whole cities.

    Terez

    But you didn't say that's what caused them. Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Terez

    Good answer, because that gets rid of my next question. Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmhmm. They asked about balefire and things like that, and it was...

    Terez

    ...and they connected it...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...and I thought they might, but I specifically said, "BY THE WAY..." This is not....

    Terez

    (laughs) ...Well, we're recording now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So there you go.

    Terez

    Okay, good.

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  • 26

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Now, are Graendal's actions in Shara mentioned at all in "River of Souls"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't think we talk about them.

    Terez

    I was just curious as to how that interacted... (crosstalk)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I mean, I considered...Yeah, it certainly helped with what he was doing.

    Terez

    Right, right.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But I mean...yeah. It's...

    Terez

    Because she totally didn't know he was there, so....

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. It certainly helped, and if I had been able to go back, and do—which I wouldn't have done—but if, you can imagine, there's a very cool interaction there, where he's there, and she's doing stuff, and he's taking advantage of it, but she's not seeing him and things like that. Like, the whole Demandred In Shara thing is awesome, because there's like twelve books worth of coolness of him being the hero...

    Terez

    Because all this stuff is in the notes, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What's that? Oh, some of it is, not all of it.

    Terez

    Oh, well yeah, because I know you said you had to kind of....you know, extrapolate a little bit...

    Brandon Sanderson

    I had to extrapolate a lot of the Sharan culture and things, which is where "River of Souls" came from. At the end of the day, because I was extrapolating these things, that's what made them distracting from the main plotline, if that makes sense.

    Terez

    Mmm, yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And so, a lot of what I was doing was like, it you know...all of Demandred's flunkies. Jim didn't name those; they're not in the notes...but I put them in because, you know, we have to evoke this entire two years of awesomeness....

    Terez

    Yeah, it can't just come out of nowhere, and be nothing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, so there's that. But yeah, it was too much me, also.

    Terez

    Yeah...gotcha.

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  • 27

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    Based on the weather of the different lands, it seems like Randland is in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Are there lands to the south of Randland? The Seanchan came from the West across the Aryth Ocean—is Shara on their western border?

    Maria Simons

    There is a map of the whole world of The Wheel of Time in The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time; it shows Randland to be almost totally in the northern hemisphere, with a small southern portion of Shara being in the southern hemisphere. Below Randland, at apparently the same longitude though covering a much smaller area, is the Land of Madmen. Seanchan is spread over the northern and southern hemispheres, and on its western border is the Morenal Ocean; that ocean is also the eastern border of Shara.

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